As per an exclusive report from Jacque Talbot of Football Transfers, Barcelona defender Marcos Alonso is in talks with La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid over a transfer in 2024.
The Rojiblancos have shown an interest in signing the 32-year-old left-back and would be willing to offer him a one-year contract in the summer.
Time’s up for Alonso?
Alonso joined Barcelona during the summer of 2022, arriving from Chelsea on a free transfer after his contract was terminated.
Due to Financial Fair Play issues, the veteran defender signed only a one-year contract with the Catalans, but emerged as a reliable member of Xavi’s squad.
Eventually, Barça handed him a new contract for one more year until 2024, with the option of an additional twelve months.
However, recent reports suggest that the La Liga champions have already decided not to take up that option, meaning Alonso will be released at the end of the season, at which point he will become a free agent.
Even though a final decision will be made only after January, all signs point towards Alonso playing his last season for Barcelona and it appears that Atletico Madrid are ready to pounce and sign him for free next summer.
Alonso on his way out? (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona already looking for a new left-back
As such, given the situation surrounding Alonso, Barcelona are already understood to be looking for a new left-back to strengthen the squad.
The idea of incorporating in-house talent like Alex Valle, who is impressing on loan at Levante, is very much on the table, while Barça might also look at signing someone new altogether.
As for Alonso, a move to Atletico Madrid would give him a chance to continue staying in Spain and playing at the highest level.
It remains to be seen if there is indeed something to this story and whether it materialises into something more substantial.
Source link : https://barcauniversal.com/barcelona-veteran-star-in-talks-with-atletico-madrid-over-transfer-in-2024-report/
Author : Michel Durant
Publish date : 2023-11-07 14:43:49
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